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Glory girls swap snow for sand
Perth Glory women's team recruits Christina Julien, Canada, Cecille Sandvej, Denmark and Chantel Jones, of the US. Picture: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

This time last year, striker Christina Julien was playing ice hockey on a frozen river in Canada, goalkeeper Chantel Jones had just returned to the sub-zero US after her first professional season in Iceland and defender Cecilie Sandvej was celebrating Christmas in Europe.

Things will be a little different this year for the trio of Perth Glory women's team imports, who are spending the festive season away from their families - and under a scorching sun - for the first time.

"It doesn't feel like Christmas," said Julien, who will line-up against Canberra United in the W-League at Percy Doyle Reserve today. "Usually, I'm out playing pond hockey.

"The river freezes over and we take a couple sticks and pucks and just play the day away."

Danish international Sandvej said despite festivities, it was not difficult to focus on the task ahead.

"It doesn't feel like Christmas at all because of the beach, the weather - it feels like a holiday," Sandvej, a keen contributor in her first five Glory games, said.

"But I'm here for football, so it's not hard to concentrate on that. The rest is just a bonus."

Jones said adjusting to life and soccer in Australia was made easy by a great bunch of teammates and a beautiful city.

"It's been amazing," she said. "I'd always wanted to go to Australia.

"It's probably the most desired place to travel for an American because it's so far away and so exotic and warm, so I didn't hesitate."

Jones said life was so good at present there was only one thing on her Christmas list this year.

"I have everything I could want but I think a Canberra clean sheet would be a nice present," she said.

Glory will be without Collette McCallum (knee), Canadian defender Sasha Andrews (ankle) and suspended Bronwyn Studman.